Star Wars


Dust off your lightsaber and book a table in the Mos Eisley cantina – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just months away and will finally wrap up the 40-year-long Skywalker saga.

Before we learn how J.J. Abrams plans to land the trilogy that began with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, fans can stay connected to the galaxy with the official Star Wars app.

So as we await the ninth core episode in the franchise, here are IX cool things the Star Wars app can do.

The soundboard includes characters from all the movies and TV shows.

I. Make you a Rebel pilot (or freeze you in carbonite). The selfie function puts your face into a snowspeeder pilot’s helmet or into a Han Solo–style carbon freeze. You can even add Darth Vader lurking in the background, for extra menace.

II. Tell you the weather on Endor. Or Jakku. Or whichever planet’s climate is closest to your current one. That way, you can wake up and tell your family, “Man, it’s going to feel like the Jundland Wastes on Tatooine out there today!” And then wait to see if they know what you’re talking about.

III. Keep tabs on all the Star Wars stuff in production. That includes not only The Rise of Skywalker, but (deep breath), TV shows like The Mandalorian, Diego Luna’s untitled Cassian Andor series, the new film trilogy by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and the other new film trilogy by Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. If we left anything out, the app will tell us.

IV. Take you to the Galaxy’s Edge. Want to know about the anticipated Star Wars–themed attractions slated to open at Disneyland in May and Walt Disney World in August? Look here. It’ll do everything but help with the wait times.

The weather is lovely on Endor – just watch out for chunks of the Death Star falling from the sky.

V. Play all the cool dialogue. A soundboard feature includes audio clips and sound effects from all three trilogies, the stand-alone movies, and TV series like The Clone Wars. The first choice is “It’s a trap!” Obviously.

VI. Send adorable stickers. If your thoughts can be best conveyed with an adorable cartoon porg, express yourself by sending galactic emoji and stickers right from iMessage.

VII. Allow you to choose your destiny. When you sign in, decide to join the Rebellion, become part of the Empire, or serve as a humble droid.

VIII. Train you in the Jedi arts. You’ll learn through Force Trainer, a cool AR game in which you use your iPhone as a lightsaber to battle a training remote (the angry floating ball that Obi-Wan uses to train Luke in A New Hope). But give yourself some space for this one. Those remotes fly all over the place.

IX. Count you down. A running countdown – to the second – tells you precisely how long you have to wait before the new film arrives.

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